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13Jan/12Off

News…Just News…Seeing how it’s embarrassing to be associated with gaming right now.

There have been multiple reports over the past couple months about whether or not Blizzard's highly-anticipated Diablo III would or would not come to consoles, as it has already been confirmed for the PC and Mac platforms. That has all changed today as Blizzard community manager Micah “Bashiok” Whipple responded to a fan on Twitter saying that the action-RPG was in fact coming to consoles and veteran game maker Josh Mosqueira is the lead-designer on the project. Later Blizzard officially made the following comment to Wired: “Bashiok’s response on Twitter was intended as a confirmation that we’re actively exploring the possibility of developing a console version of Diablo III, as we’ve mentioned in the past, This is not a confirmation that Diablo III is coming to any console platform.” It seems like a little bit of flip-flopping if you ask us but nonetheless we have to assume that the game is in development for consoles but no official release date has been determined.
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Today Capcom Entertainment announced the complete list of Versus Modes for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, along with a brand new multiplayer trailer. Players will be able to experience online 4 vs. 4 team battles playing as either a member of the Umbrella Security Service (USS) or US Spec Ops. Take on the role of the bad guys with USS members Vector, Beltway, Lupo, Four-Eyes, Spectre or Bertha. Alternatively play as the good guys and experience the horrors of Raccoon City as Tweed, Dee-ay, Harley, Willow, Shona or Party Girl, members of the US Spec Ops that we revealed earlier this week in the Triple Impact trailer. Meet the US Spec Ops characters in person by downloading their new character art on the press site. Breaking the conventions of traditional third person shooters, players will not only have to compete against their team’s opposing squad but tackle a third unpredictable force as zombies and B.O.W.s add to the mix.

For a game that is hotly anticipated, Grand Theft Auto 5 still does not offer a lot of answers. The latest instalment in the popular franchise just piles up the questions although some speculations have already been debunked, thankfully. Now, word has it that gamers are eagerly awaiting GTA 5 because of the possibility that the protagonist won’t be male. Yes, this is an important issue because if the protagonist turns out to be female despite previous rumors then it would be the first ever time that this has happened in the franchise.

Would Rockstar Games go out of its way to address the fact that there are many women gamers now. The ESA shows that 42% of video gamers are female. Female gamers make up 48% of the most frequent game buyers. This change in numbers can be explained by the fact that women in their thirties today are part of the first video game generation. Despite the fact that almost half of the gamers are women, the “other gender” has still not been properly represented. There are relatively few prominent female developers. More women should be part of game design. Maybe more and more female beta testers should also be hired. We cannot just decide that video gaming is a male hobby. The video gaming world is turning to make way for women and we should not shy away from this change.

That's all from me bitches..stay tuned for game reviews when the industry gets their head out of their asses.
Xanadu

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